Shenandoah University in collaboration with Inova Health Systems has recently opened graduate programs in occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT) at the university’s Northern Virginia Campus, near Inova Loudoun Hospital in Loudoun County, Va. The University will add Physician Assistant (PA) students in the fall of 2015.
The university has offered programs in nursing and respiratory care, pharmacy, teacher education and organizational leadership in Loudoun County, and has renovated additional space on the Northern Virginia Campus to house the new programs.
For its part, Inova provided $3.2 million in seed money to start up the programs, building a six-table cadaver lab and leasing space for up to two years. It will also provide clinical and rotational experiences for students enrolled in these programs. Through this partnership, the two organizations will seek to create a pipeline for allied health students at Shenandoah’s Northern Virginia Campus directly into employment – including jobs within Inova’s integrated network of hospitals and outpatient care facilities.
An initial class of 14 Physical Therapy students started the program at the Northern Virginia Campus this fall (2014). The Division welcomed 3 additional faculty with primary appointments at the Northern Virginia Campus, Dr. Ruth Maher , Dr. Megan Bureau and Dr. Michele Wiley